Spec. William Colton Millay, a member of the U.S. military, was sentenced on Monday to 16 years after pleading guilty to attempted espionage among other charges. Millay will be dishonorably discharged for selling secrets to an undercover FBI agent, who was posing to be a Russian spy. “Military prosecutors painted him as a white supremacist who was fed up with the Army and the United States, and was willing to sell secrets to an enemy agent, even if that would cost fellow soldiers their lives.”
Millay unknowingly told an FBI agent he would willingly work for the Russian government, that he would re-enlist for a second five-year term, and that he had confidential information on the Warlock Duke jamming system, which is used by the U.S. military to detect roadside bombs. On Oct. 21, 2011, Millay delivered an envelope in a garbage can containing information about F-22 fighter jets and the jamming system.
At his trial, Millay said, “I know I’ve made a terrible mistake. I’m a U.S. soldier, and that piece of me, I’m proud of.” However, one FBI agent said that according to prison recordings, Millay threatens to continue releasing secrets.
The reason I wanted to post this story was simply because it frustrates me. On the same day of the Boston bombings, the U.S. has to deal with sentencing one of their own soldiers. I struggled to find an international topic to blog about when faced with such demoralizing domestic problems. Millay is attempting to sell information relating to how U.S. troops detect roadside bombs, showing no remorse for U.S. soldiers, or potential innocent victims like those in Boston.
Millay does not care if his fellow soldiers die as a result of him selling information, and he shows no sign of stopping, even in prison. How anyone can serve in the military and then be willing to so blatantly betray their nation is beyond me. Americans trust soldiers like Millay almost more than anyone else. Millay, like a terrorist, attempted to put everyone in the U.S. at risk. Is a 16 a year sentence enough?
To quote a good friend of mine, “With some people it’s like the wheel is spinning, but the hamster is dead.”
Source: Yahoo News